Tomorrow--Saturday, September 18--at 6:00 p.m., the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church are sponsoring a benefit concert by Graham Farrell, former music director at Sacred Heart Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, performed on the First Presbyterian Church's 1927 Austin pipe organ. The concert, which is being called "A Happy Hour with J. S. Bach, Cole Porter & Friends," benefits the ongoing restoration of the historic church at the corner of Warren and Sourth streets. A $15 donation is suggested.
To update the progress of the current restoration project: As previously reported, the appropriateness of the mortar being used had been called into question. The contractor maintained that the mortar had been prepared according to formula that had been approved. Gossips has received word, however, that samples of the mortar that had already been applied were removed and sent to the State Historic Preservation Office on Peebles Island for analysis, and the application of mortar has been suspended until that results of that analysis are known.